Check your homocysteine
The amino acid homocysteine is a reliable marker for inflammation and also for poor nutritional status and can be checked by your GP. One UK study showed that as homocysteine levels creep up, so does brain shrinkage — the higher the levels, the greater the impact on cognitive function. The effect stopped as soon as homocysteine came down to optimal levels.
Dr Bredesen says that having enough B vitamins, in particular B6, folate and B12, will help reduce your homocysteine to below 6mol/l. You’ll find these vitamins in foods such as wholegrains, dark leafy greens, legumes, almonds, sunflower seeds, fish, eggs and poultry. Alternatively you could supplement with a B complex vitamin that uses the active form of the vitamins — P5P, methylfolate and methylcobalamin.